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In this article I will explain 5 important tips that will go a long way to helping you pass the Royal Marines selection process.

Tip 1 – The right mental approach

Without the correct mental approach your chances of passing selection will be limited. The majority of people who fail the Potential Royal Marines Course do so during the first 3-mile run of the first day. Even though they are told that they must pass this, many candidates turn up unprepared. This basically means that they don’t have the right mental approach. If they can’t be arsed to make sure they are capable of running 1.5 miles in a certain time, then what chance do they have of passing the training course?

It is vital that you approach your preparation for selection in the right frame of mind. This means getting up early every morning and making sure you can easily pass all of the minimum standards expected during selection. It is also about having the mindset that you will not give in, despite what your body will be telling you. There will be times during selection when you’ve simply had enough. These are the times when you must push yourself forward and keep going despite the fatigue and the physical agony.

Tip 2 – Use an action plan to ensure success

Action plans are a great way to measure your progress during pre-selection preparation. I use an action plan in just about everything I do that is work related. An action plan basically sets out what you intend to do, and when you intend to do it. An example of a very basic action plan that is focused on fitness preparation might look like this:

Monday – 6am start, run 3 miles (best effort), record my time.

Tuesday – 6 am start, 50 press-ups, 50 sit-ups, making sure I concentrate on the correct technique.

Wednesday – 10-mile run, then 50 sit-ups and 50 press-ups, making sure I concentrate on the correct technique.

Thursday – Swim 25 lengths of my local swimming pool (breaststroke).

Friday – 6am start, 10 pull-ups, 50 press-ups and 50 sit-ups, making sure I concentrate on the correct technique.

Saturday – Rest day.

Sunday – 5-mile brisk walk.

During the next week you may decide to increase the intensity of your workouts and the number of repetitions that you are performing.

The point I am trying to make here is that if you use an action plan, you are far more likely to make significant progress. If you stick the action plan in a prominent position at home, such as the fridge door, then it will act as a reminder of what you need to do the following day.

Tip 3 – Don’t neglect your aptitude testing ability

Whilst I recommend that you spend the majority of your pre-selection preparation working hard on your fitness, you should not neglect the important area of aptitude testing. During the selection process you will be required to pass an aptitude test, which will consist of a number of tests including numerical reasoning, verbal ability and mechanical comprehension. I recommend that you spend at least 30 minutes every evening of the week working on your ability to pass these tests. You may decide to obtain a helpful testing resource through the website www.how2become.co.uk. Just look for ‘Armed Forces Tests’ and you will find plenty of sample test questions.

Tip 4 – Train hard, race easy

If somebody finds a test or assessment easy, it generally means that they have prepared hard for it. If you work hard in the weeks leading up to the PRMC, then you should find that you pass it with very few problems. Yes, you will find it tough, but if you’ve trained above the minimum standards that are required, then you will pass with flying colours.

When I was 26 I decided to carry out an Iron Man challenge for a local charity. This involved swimming 2 miles, then running a marathon, before finishing off with a 120-mile cycle ride. I managed to achieve all of this within 9 hours. Whilst it was mentally tough, the physical aspect was easy. It was easy because I’d trained extremely hard in the 6 months leading up to the challenge. Train hard in the build up to selection, and you will certainly race easy!

Tip 5 – Technique is crucial

During the PRMC you will be required to carry out a number of sit-ups, press-ups and pull-ups within a two-minute period. Being able to reach the minimum standard is only part of it; you must also perform them using the correct technique. During the build up to selection make sure you practise each of the above utilising the correct technique. This will not only make your life a lot easier during the PRMC, but it will also impress the instructors and show them that you have really gone out of your way to meet their requirements.

To find out more about how to prepare for the Royal Marines Commando selection process, go to =>

How To Become A Royal Marines Commando

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